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News 2008: Kane Quick in Qualifying for Motorbase

HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship - Round Nine
Silverstone, August 31, 2008
Day One/Qualifying Update

Steven Kane recorded Motorbase Performance BMW's best qualifying result this season in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone today (Saturday).

Steven KaneThe Northern Irishman chalked up the sixth-quickest time early in the session to place him on the third row of the grid.  The result is a Touring Car career best for Kane and a step forward in qualifying performance for the Motorbase team, which while having displayed impressive race pace has found good grid positions more difficult to come by.

With team principal David Bartrum having targeted top-ten qualifying spots as vital to his team's chances of success at Silverstone he was delighted to see Kane up the pace on the track he knows better than most.

While Kane was able to put his marker down early and secure his top six starting slot, team-mate Rob Collard was less fortunate and one of a number of stars to fall victim to a dramatic change in track conditions that saw them unable to get the most from their cars.  Collard eventually placed 16th on the grid, just behind the Honda of Gordon Shedden and BMW of Mat Jackson.

The topsy-turvy qualifying session will mean the Motorbase Performance BMWs will face very different challenges in the opening race tomorrow (Sunday).  Steven Kane will once again look to use the lightening starting power of the 320si to get off the mark quickly and move into the hunt for a podium place.  Rob Collard will have to use his extensive race experience to help him pick his way through traffic and into a points-scoring position.

With less than one second separating the top dozen cars a fierce battle is likely to rage around the short, fast Silverstone National circuit.

Motorbase Performance Team Principal David Bartrum said:
"I am very, very happy with our performance in that qualifying session.  It was pretty evident there was an eight to 10-minute window at the start of the session in which to get a decent time.  We managed to get Steven out and he banged one in that put him right up there, so we were obviously delighted with that.  Unfortunately we missed that crucial window with Rob and like many others out there he just couldn't get an improved time in the second half of the session.  Overall I'm really pleased and I think we're in good shape to get a result in race one."

Motorbase Performance Team Driver Steven Kane said:
"I'm glad we had the car sorted after practice and got it to go so well in qualifying.  I went out just at the right time when the track was at its best, and I simply drove as hard as I could and it paid off.  I probably could have gone even quicker if the conditions hadn't changed so much, but I'm still happy with that and we're well placed for the race now."

Motorbase Performance Team Driver Rob Collard said:
"That was a really strange qualifying session and I'm disappointed to say the least.  Not getting out at the start did not help my chances, but it's frustrating to be so far down the field when the car felt so good.  I was going round next to Jackson and Giovanardi and I thought we were all on a decent pace, so it was surprising to come back in and see we were nowhere!  By then my tyres had gone and the track conditions had changed so it was impossible to improve much.  The car really does feel great though so I'm sure I'll be able to challenge those ahead of me in the first race."

Motorbase Performance Practice/Qualifying Times

First Practice:
Rob Collard        1.01.053 – P11
Steven Kane      1.01.117 – P12

Second Practice:
Steven Kane      1.01.419 – P13
Rob Collard       1.01.678 – P15

Qualifying:
Steven Kane      1.01.000 – P6
Rob Collard       1.01.389 – P16